Stock market today: Dow falls 700+ points after inflation cools less than anticipated | Feb 13, 2024

Stock market today: Dow falls 700+ points after inflation cools less than anticipated | Feb 13, 2024

January CPI Report

  • The January CPI report showed a hotter-than-expected inflation rate of 3.1% year-over-year, with a 0.4% increase month-over-month.
  • The core CPI, excluding food and energy, increased by 3.9% year-over-year and 0.4% month-over-month.
  • The food index rose by 0.4% in January, with food at home and food away from home both contributing to the increase.
  • The energy index fell by 0.9% over the month, primarily due to a decline in the gasoline index.
  • The shelter index continued to rise in January, increasing by 0.6% and contributing over two-thirds of the monthly all-items increase.

Federal Reserve's Monetary Policy

  • Economists discuss the implications of the inflation data for the Federal Reserve's monetary policy and the broader economic outlook.
  • Some experts believe the Fed may hold steady on interest rates despite the higher inflation reading, while others expect a rate cut in June if inflation continues to decline.
  • There is concern about the potential cost to the economy of doing too much or too little in terms of monetary policy, given the strength of the labor market.
  • The Fed's focus on achieving 2% inflation is noted, but there is discussion about the importance of balancing this goal with maintaining low unemployment.
  • The markets are pricing in higher interest rates for longer, but there is some skepticism about whether the Fed's message is being fully understood.


  • The recent launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs has attracted significant inflows and contributed to the rally in Bitcoin prices.
  • Other factors, such as the upcoming Bitcoin halving, are also driving demand for Bitcoin.
  • Bitcoin's price could continue to rise in the near to intermediate term, but it may face some turbulence due to macroeconomic factors.
  • Bitcoin has shown resilience despite negative macro variables such as a strong dollar, reduced rate cuts, and an upward movement in the long end of the curve.
  • Bitcoin's price closely tracks global M2 liquidity, and with the expectation of Fed rate cuts, its price is likely to rise.

Regional Banking Sector

  • The health of the regional banking sector is in question, with New York Community Bank's recent earnings report indicating losses in its commercial real estate portfolio.
  • Smaller banks account for 70% of all outstanding commercial real estate loans, making them vulnerable to potential trouble in the market.
  • The decline in office demand due to remote work and higher interest rates has resulted in a loss of value of around 50% for commercial office buildings.
  • This decline in value could lead to cash flow issues for landlords and difficulty refinancing mortgages when they come due.
  • Multifamily units are also facing challenges due to rising interest rates and a slowdown in rent growth, making it difficult to refinance loans when they come up for renewal.


  • Airbnb has built itself into the go-to choice for short and long-term homestays and experiences, with gross profit increasing by more than 20% year-over-year in 2023.
  • Airbnb was founded in 2007 by Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia.
  • The company initially started as "Airbed and" and rented out three air mattresses in their San Francisco loft.
  • In 2009, the website was shortened to "" and expanded to include a wide variety of properties.
  • Airbnb raised $585,000 in a seed round in 2009, valuing the company at $2.4 million.
  • By 2011, Airbnb reached unicorn status with a valuation of $1 billion.
  • Airbnb went public via initial public offering (IPO) on December 10, 2020, at $68 a share, raising $3.5 billion.
  • Airbnb acquired game planner "Gaest" in 2023.
  • Airbnb's CEO and co-founder, Brian Chesky, believes Airbnb is one of the more humanistic companies in technology and sees potential in developing practical applications for AI.

Market Reaction to CPI Data

  • Futures are sliding down with Nasdaq futures off more than 300 points and the S&P 500 futures down more than 1% due to hotter-than-expected January CPI report.
  • The hotter-than-expected CPI print has impacted major averages and caused a sea of red across the major industry indices.
  • Market strategist Michael Ranking discusses the reaction to the CPI print and the impact on rate cut expectations.
  • The VIX, a measure of market volatility, is also moving higher, indicating increased uncertainty.
  • The market is experiencing a pullback after a strong rally, with the

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